Birth is very unpredictable and even though it’s true most second babies tend to come quicker it doesn’t necessarily mean straight forward. There are lots of different pathways which will lead to the birth of your baby, and although it’s a good idea to think over your birth plan, we at The Naked Midwives see this as more of an opportunity to research your options, as there’s no true way of knowing which path you may take.
We feel the lack of antenatal birth preparation classes can be of a disadvantage to second time mum’s, but as practicing midwives we know the huge pressure’s the NHS is under right now. Things are forever changing in maternity services and it’s paramount to get the correct information on board in order to help you achieve a positive birth.
“We found it such a useful and empowering session to work through what I wanted for the birth of Baby W number 2, and to understand and reflect on how this might be different to my first birth experience. It was great to involve Ben and Alex also – and for us, being able to do so at home made it a really relaxed experience” January 2019
It’s also very common to have feelings of fear when you fall pregnant a second time and quite often this encourages us to reflect, and maybe unanswered questions from the first time around surface. Sometimes it’s just a bigger gap in between sibling and you can’t remember how you coped last time (or you’ve blocked this out!)
It’s always a good idea to talk through your first delivery with your midwife and discuss what changes have been made to our practice and what’s new/available now. This will help you feel more confident and in control of your labour.
If you feel extra support would be useful to you and your family then please check out our sibling’s workshop tailored directly to your needs. Not only do we go over your previous delivery, we provide you with current birth preparation education and ways in which to introduce the new arrival to its sibling!